Danielle Drees
Department of Theatre

Danielle is a doctoral candidate in Theatre in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her research examines interactions among modern theatre, political economy, and feminist theory. Danielle’s dissertation “Staged Sleep: Sleep Theatre in Late Capitalism” focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art about sleep in a global context, arguing that sleeping characters onstage reveal an array of social and state relations, from relationships with partners and neighbors to the systems of private property, rental, and state support we depend on for shelter. This project will both read performance texts, images, and video and investigate the material conditions of their production.

Danielle graduated summa cum laude with an AB in English and a citation in Spanish from Harvard College in 2012. She completed her MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge in 2013 before holding a year-long Writing Fellowship at New York University Abu Dhabi. At Columbia, Danielle is pursuing a certificate in feminist scholarship from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

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